Monday, March 14

Sheep and goats

THIS is why they have to be separated
So, today's reading is one of the classics, wherein The Hippie channels some of his Dad's old-skool wrath and explains that actions have consequences.
See, believing isn't enough.  It is vital to the task (one must have proper intent), but there is more to it than that.  One must be doing as well.  "Faith without works is dead", you may recall James saying.  Further, he points out that it is all about doing what needs doing to those who are most in need and least able to repay.  "whatever you did
for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."

This is all (to me, anyways) obvious stuff and old chestnuts.  Do this, please God and there will be awesome and win forever and ever!  And what happens if you don't do this?  You'll wake the OT YHWH and he'll be all angry and hollering in Elizabethan English.

If I may be so bold, I would consider a repackaging of the story.  At the end of days, there will be those who have stood up for Justice, been Prudent in their discernment of good and evil, had the fortitude to do the messy, thankless jobs as easily and willingly as the simple ones and temperance to have the passions of the heart be moderated by the cool reason of the mind.  Those people will be effused with love, bouyed by hope and grounded in faith.There will be a second group who has not embraced these bold tenets, eschewing them for more reasonable, rational and attainable goals.

I will leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine which the Lord of all Creation will speak 'forsoothly' to.

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